Special Publication of the Center for Biodiversity Research and Information, no. 1, vol 1-3
California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco, California, USA
Originally published as Cestracion philippi var. japonicus Duméril, 1865, Eschmeyer (online Catalog of Fishes, 2002) notes that this name "Predates Cestracion japonicus Maclay & Macleay 1884; a petition to suppress this name made by Taylor 1971:107 apparently has not been acted on by the ICZN. Current usage favors continued use of authorship as Maclay & Macleay 1884. Apparently an unneeded new name for Cestracion zebra Gray 1831." Of the Maclay and Macleay name, Eschmeyer notes "Probably not technically available for use with this authorship, secondarily preoccupied by and apparently the same as Heterodontus japonicus [Cestracion philippi japonicus] (Duméril 1865) [following existing usage might allow continued dating to Maclay & Macleay 1884]." Given the predominance Maclay and Macleay's usage as valid, ITIS will follow this interpretation until the problem is resolved in the literature. Eschmeyer also notes Duméril's name as "Questionably a synonym of Heterodontus japonicus Maclay & Macleay 1884 or Heterodontus zebra (Gray 1831)"
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